By Kimathi Kamau
NAIROBI, Sept. 10 (Xinhua) -- Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has withdrawn the Players' Licence granted to Nigerian national Ken Joseph, following claims he obtained it fraudulently and without their knowledge from their sacked former CEO, Lordvick Aduda.
In a statement, FKF said Aduda ceased to be their employee but continued to discharge duties that saw Joseph given the right to facilitate transfers of Kenyan players to the Middle East that have caused controversy in the past month.
The local football governing body stated they are investigating the transfers in question and have notified world governing body FIFA of the developments.
"It has come to our attention that he (Aduda) has been receiving and or soliciting for emails communication meant for the Federation official purposes a fraudulent act in nature classified as a cyber-crime.
"He went further to forward the name of one Mr. Ken Joseph a Nigerian national for award of the FIFA Player agent without the approval and knowledge of the National Executive Committee," a statement from FKF dispatched to newsrooms on Tuesday read.
"With this licence Ken Joseph has been masquerading as a player's Agent and has approached clubs and players in Kenya luring them to join clubs in the Middle East.
"He was at the centre of the controversy surrounding the transfer of some players from one of our Premier League clubs early last month," the brief added without mentioning particular cases.
"Football Kenya Federation has now taken charge of the situation and has hereby revoked the Players License issued to him and has duly informed FIFA of the same.
"Therefore all clubs and players are warned not to deal with the above named regarding any players transfers," the statement concluded.
The transfers of attacking midfielder, Rama Salim, a Kenya international from domestic league leaders, Gor Mahia FC to a second division club in Qatar and another of Tusker FC defender, David Ochieng, also capped by his country to Saudi Arabia professional league outfit Al Taawoun have kicked off a storm in the past month.
National football team head coach, Belgian national Adel Amrouche, was also roped into the controversy before he strenuously denied involvement in acting as a players' agent in the movement of talent to the Middle East.
"I don't talk about transfers. I put them in direct contact with clubs, I don't take consultancy with players and I help my players to grow. I'm angry when reports asked whether Adel is an agent or coach. People called me from Europe," the bitter head coach said.